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Flying Scholarships for Disabled People

Helen Webb our former Chair and member has been appointed a Trustee for Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) based in Fairford. She will use her marketing expertise combined with her airshow and aviation knowledge to the benefit of this amazing charity.

Inspiring disabled adults by building confidence, self-esteem and future aspirations through the sharing of life changing aviation experiences, FSDP is a sister charity to The Royal International Air Tattoo.

It was started by Air Tattoo founders Paul Bowen and Tim Prince in 1983, following the passing of Sir Douglas Bader. He was a huge supporter of the Air Tattoo, as well as for equality and accessibility for disabled people. FSDP is a fitting and living memorial to his life, disability, and love of flying.

As he said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind then have a go at everything… never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

FSDP scholars have a range of disabilities and illnesses including amputation, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and poliomyelitis.

The charity has now helped over 500 people ‘reach for the sky’ and change their lives by experiencing the joy of freedom in the air, learning new skills and regaining their confidence.

To find out more, apply for a scholarship for 2023, or become a sponsor please see

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